Friday, June 1, 2007
Kevorkian Released into the Waiting Arms of Mike Wallace [Jay]
Kevorkian is released and the always journalistically neutral Mike Wallace is there to give him a hug. If you are not familiar with some of the grim details of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's efforts I encourage you to read the posts at Second Hand Smoke here and here.
You ought to read both posts to get some idea of who and what Mike Wallace is embracing, but here are a couple of highlights:
In 1990, when Kevorkian began conducting post-mortem press conferences, he assured the nation his "patients" had to be terminally ill, and his attorney maintained that Kevorkian required proof of a terminal condition...Because assisted suicide is illegal in Michigan, however, authorities couldn't take Kevorkian's word for it, and had autopsies performed revealing that more than half of Kevorkian's 130 known victims were not terminally ill. Most were disabled with conditions such as multiple sclerosis. In fact, several had no serious physical illnesses that could be determined upon autopsy.
And this is equally as damaging to Dr. Kevorkian's claims of the sacred doctor patient relationship:
Kevorkian also raised eyebrows in some quarters for having extremely brief relationships with his "patients" before helping them commit suicides. For example, Good Morning America noted that many of the people over whose deaths Kevorkian presided died within 24 hours of meeting him for the first Similar all-but-nonexistent doctor-patient relationships have been reported in Oregon. Although a patient's requests for assisted suicide purportedly must span a 15-day period, official Oregon reports indicate that, over the last seven years, some patients have died by suicide having known their assisting doctors for a week or less...
Quite a guy! Give him a hug for me, Mike.
HT: Drudge Report, Second Hand Smoke